Drifting boat makes first call out for Flint RNLI crewmember

Lifeboats News Release

Crew member Iain Shine participated in his first call out for Flint Lifeboat Station after a drifting boat was spotted in the River Dee just off Parkgate.

Flint Lifeboat volunteer crew launched their D class inshore lifeboat Lady Barbara, after being tasked by UK coastguard to a drifting boat with no persons on board. The boat had broken from its mooring at Greenfield dock and had floated up the river with the tide. The lifeboat found it sitting on the marshland half a mile off the shore from Parkgate.

The vessel was taken under tow to Connahs Quay slipway and made safe to ensure the boat will not be a hazard to other river users. The owner has been informed of new location and has arranged for collection.

The lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and ready for service again at 3pm and the volunteer crew members returned to their places of work.

Speaking following the call out, James Davies, D class Helm at Flint RNLI says “After a busy weekend for the crew practicing towing, it was good for the training to be put into use out on a service.”

Notes to editors 

  • Flint RNLI Carol Concert, Friday 6 December 6:30pm at St Mary’s and St David’s Parish Church, Church Street Flint
  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint
  • Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launched over 700 times, saved 103 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.  
  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteers responded to 14 calls in 2018 
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247 

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